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Graduate Student Award Programme

CGCS Graduate Student Awards Competition,
To enhance the educational experience of graduate students involved in global change science at the University of Toronto, the Centre for Global Change Science offers a “Graduate Student ResearchAward” program. These awards are made on a competitive basis to graduate students at the University of Toronto for projects that broaden the students' research experience in a manner not possible within the scope of their current degree program. Examples of activities that could be funded include, but are not limited to: attendance at specialized summer schools, short-term visits to research groups outside UofT, projects that foster new interdisciplinary relationships between research groups from different departments at UofT, field work, attendance at scientific conferences that would not normally be sponsored by the research supervisor.

Award winners will be required to participate in a CGCS Colloquium where they will present the results/outcome of their project to the other research award winners, and to other interested members of the Global Change Science community at UofT. In addition, they must attend the regular CGCS lecture series.

The next deadlines for applications is January 16, 2017. For more information about this year's programme, see the Graduate Student Awards Flyer Jan - June, 2017. Here are some example projects that were previously awarded:





Aisling Brady
(Prof. Sharon Cowling)


Mechanisms for the formation of human-induced reefs in Cayo Coco, Cuba - attending Marine Science Conference in Havana and doing field research

John Eliades
(Prof. A. Litherland)


Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS)
- Research visit to John England, U. Alberta

Xiaojuan (Yvonne) Feng
(Dr. Myrna Simpson)


Isotopic analysis of soil lignin compounds as affected by soil warming - visit with Dr. Greg Slater, McMaster University

Robert Field
(Prof. Kent Moore)


Ice core records from the St. Elias mountain – Research visit to U. Alaska, Fairbanks

Annemarie Fraser
(Prof. Kim Strong)


Measurements of the Vertical Distribution of BrO at PEARL – travel to the Arctic Research Station, Eureka

Ajit Govind
(Prof. Jing Chen)


Biogeochemical cycles (BGCs) – visit to Oregon State U., Watershed Hydrology Lab of Prof. Jeff McDonnell

Torsten Meyer
(Prof. Frank Wania)

Chemical Engineering


Behaviour of organic chemicals during snow melt – visit to U. Grenoble, Glaciology Lab. of Dr. Florent Dominé

Oliver Sonnentag
(Prof. Jing Chen)


Peatland hydrology and carbon cycle analysis. Internship with Dr. Nigel Roulet at McGill University

Dmitry Vyushin
(Prof. Paul Kushner)


Multidecadal to Centennial Global Climate Variability – to attend workshop at U. Hawaii for interaction with Prof. Axel Timmerman